Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VCU)

910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23284

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Christian Studies
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Creative Writing
Dance
Divinity, Ministry, Seminary (BD, MDiv)
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Foreign Languages and Literatures
General Studies
History
Interior Design
Language Interpretation and Translation
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Performance
Other Fine Arts and Art Studies
Painting
Philosophy
Product and Industrial Design
Religion/Religious Studies
Sculpture
Theology/Theological Studies

Business

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Accounting
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
Business Administration and Management
Business/Commerce
Business/Corporate Communications
Business/Managerial Economics
Construction Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Fashion/Apparel Design
Finance
Hospitality Management and Administration
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Other Accounting and Related Services
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Other Finance and Financial Management Services
Other Marketing
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Real Estate
Restaurant & Food Services
Taxation
Tourism, Travel, and Hotel Services Management

Communication & Media

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Advertising
Animation, Interactive Media, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Commercial & Advertising Art
Communications Technology/Technician
Design & Visual Communications
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Illustration
Intermedia/Multimedia
Mass Communication/ Media Studies
Other Computer Software and Media Applications
Other Design and Applied Arts
Photography
Recording Arts Technology
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design

Cosmetology & Beauty

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Barbering/Barber
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist
Esthetician & Skin Care
Hair Styling & Hair Design
Make-Up Artist/Specialist
Manicurist/Nail Specialist

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts

Education

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Health Teacher Education
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education
Special Education and Teaching

Engineering

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Electrical Technician
Other Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Adult Development and Aging
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Other Health and Physical Education/Fitness
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Health & Medical Services

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling
Clinical/Medical Lab. Technician
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Clinical Sciences (MS, PhD)
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse Training (LVN)
Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage
Medical Insurance/Biller
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Administration
Nursing Assistant / Aide and Patient Care Assistant / Aide
Nursing Practice
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems (Holistic Medicine)
Other Nursing
Other Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Public Health (MPH, DPH)
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Surgical Technologist
Ultrasound Technician
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Biological and Physical Sciences
Gerontology
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Court Reporting
Legal Administrative Assistant
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies

Life Science

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Anatomy
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics
Human/Medical Genetics
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Pharmacology
Physiology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Chemistry
Other Physics
Physics

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Corrections
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Firefighter, Fireman and Firefighting Science
Forensic Science and Technology
Homeland Security (DHS, National Security Policy, Disaster Planning and Intelligence)
Human Services
Other Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Paramilitary, and Related Protective Services

Skilled Trades

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Aircraft Maintenance
Autobody Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Building Property Management and Maintenance
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR)
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Welding Technology/Welder

Social Sciences

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Economics
Forensic Psychology
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Other Area Studies
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Psychology
Sociology
Sport Psychology
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work

Technician Careers

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Computer Systems Technology
Other Engineering Technologies/Technicians

Technology

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Computer Repair and Installation Technology, Technician
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences
Computer and Information Systems Security, Information Assurance (CIS, Internet Security)
Network and System Administration / Administrator
Other Computer Programming
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Telecommunications Technology
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Transportation Careers

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
Other Transportation and Materials Moving
Truck and Bus Driver, Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor (Trucking)

Veterinary Medicine

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

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VCU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 9 Reviews

56% of students gave Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 4 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

The workload can be beyond average, but this is at the discretion of each professor. Many of the introductory classes are very large- do not expect individual attention from professors unless you reach out to them. Specifically, the History department is much smaller than many, but very informative and conducive for learning. The fewest number of kids in my classes are around 50-90 students; the larger classes have in excess of 400 students.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

Academics Rating

Since these are art and design classes, in a way, you determine the scope of your own projects. If you’re ambitious with your projects, then your workload will obviously be more. I remember a student from another department once said to me while I was up at 4 am working “the only students working all night are the med students and the art students”. I was lucky enough to get to study under Phillip B. Meggs who “has been called the most important historian of design since Nikolaus Pevsner”. I literally got to learn about the history of design from the man who wrote the book on it. The class sizes for lectures were large auditorium sized, but studio classes were small – probably around 10-15 students, so you really got the attention you needed.


VCU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.80
Retention Rate 85%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in August and January.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science, clinical radiation science, dental hygiene

Class Sizes at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 34%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 9%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 49%
  • 100+ Students: 9%
Fewer than 20 Students 34%
50 - 100 Students 9%
20 - 49 Students 49%
100+ Students 9%


Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Total Faculty 3,158
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 1,990
Male Faculty 1,706
Part-Time Professors 1,168
Women Faculty 1,452

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